Freight News Roundup – Jaccuzzis, Floods, Fuels, and the Longest Trucks in North America

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Every week, we’re bringing the uShip community posts and articles about the transportation industry, transport policy and technology, and recent trucking news.

 

Sixty feet of controversy - Walmart’s new ‘supercube’ trailer hauls 30% more payload. So, why isn’t the industry celebrating its arrival?Truck News (Canada)

Longest TruckOn Nov. 6, Walmart Canada took the wraps off a radical new tractor-trailer design it says increases cubic capacity by roughly 30%.

The ‘supercube’ trailer was designed and built in Ontario, in partnership with Innovative Trailer Design. The trailer itself is 60.5 feet long, 7.5-ft. longer than the industry standard. A lowered floor and 126-inch interior increases trailer capacity by 28%, offering 5,100 cu.-ft. of storage, and a drome box mounted to the back of the cab adds another 521 cu.-ft. of carrying capacity. The trailer is pulled by a Freightliner cabover. The tractor-trailer doesn’t exceed existing length or weight restrictions.
The U.S. DOT has established a single point of contact to truckers hauling fuel to navigate the various state regulations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The effort includes a one-stop hotline and a petroleum support team to help keep fuel stocked in regions facing supply disruptions and shortages.

A number of states have issued waivers on certain regulations including hours of service, vehicle size and weight, tolls, fuel taxes and the use of low-sulfur diesel. And while these states have information sites and hotlines of their own (see related story), the federal hotline aims to be a one-stop clearinghouse for information related to the transport of fuel.

Truckers Taking to Mobile Technology -  Bill Cassidy, The Journal of Commerce
Mobile Technology - TrucksWhen it comes to technology, truckers are going mobile, with 70 percent of drivers surveyed by uShip.com saying they use mobile phones for business. The number of truckers using apps jumped to 43 percent, a 16 percent increase from last year’s annual mobile usage survey, according to uShip.com.

More than half of the truck drivers surveyed said their smartphone could or already has replaced dash-mounted GPS-based navigation equipment. The survey, now in its third year, provides data that underscores the effect of mobile consumer technology on businesses, including transportation and logistics.
Unusual Use of Public Infrastructure: Team Suspends Jaccuzzi From a Bridge in France
AJC’s and Cat’s return from their trip to South America, was just what we needed to initiate this dream project, namely to suspend a jaccuzzi from a bridge. The bridge had our name written all over it, as it was the highest in Europe at the time of its construction (1933-1934) with 600 ft of void.
Watch a trucker stranded hopelessly in a flood chat on his phone, read about new fuel alternatives, and learn strategies for dealing with unpaid detention time after the break.

 

Watch This Flood-Stranded Trucker Lounge Atop His Semi And Chat On His Phone  - Jalopnik

If you’re ever stuck on top of a tractor trailer in a huge flood, take this guy as a shining beacon of inspiration. Did he let his feathers get ruffled? Nope. He had a nice little cell phone convo while rescue workers figured out the sticky details.
Making the most of idle time with uncompensated detention solutions - Todd Dills, Overdrive Online
The comments section under Overdrive Contributing Editor Jill Dunn’s story on the issue of uncompensated detention in October lit up with a raft of commentary from readers debating the issues at hand. Chief among them was the deterioration of pay conditions overall since early 1980s deregulation when, as former owner-operator Stanley Lippard wrote, detention pay more or less disappeared, he noted. “Before 1980 and deregulation, I got detention time, but guess what: I didn’t wait back then, because they knew they had to pay it under union contracts and ICC rules. That went out the door after deregulation….
Highway safety enforcement push planned for holidays - Sean Kilcarr, Fleet Owner
Several state departments of transportation are planning a multi-pronged highway safety enforcement blitz this week to coincide with the heavy roadway travel expected for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The Next Big Thing in Fuel: Methane Hydrate? - CDLLife.com
Natural gas is making quite a name for itself lately, as the trucking industry continues to search for the next big infrastructure boom industry. Wind and solar remain flat, but natural gas continues to be a topic of interest for the trucking industry both as a fuel and as a raw material haul. The natural gas fracking industry has nearly set the trucking industry on fire regionally, with potential for going national. Yet only a few states like South Dakota and Wyoming seem to be capitalizing.

 

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